Born and raised in Auburn, New York, Landers received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Alma College in Michigan and first taught English in Pontiac, Michigan. He then worked as a high school guidance counselor (during the time when the KKK blew up school buses in Pontiac) while achieving an MA in Guidance and Counseling at Michigan State University. Landers continued working full-time in Pontiac while pursuing a Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Detroit. Saint Michael’s College hired him as a Career Development Counselor and seven weeks later he was promoted to the Director of the Student Resource Center, which provided all of the career and personal counseling to the College. He has been teaching Men and Masculinities at Saint Michael’s College for several years and his fully enrolled classes have a two-year waiting list.